The Leighton News

October 28th, 2022

From the Principals

Dear Leighton Families,

It is so hard to believe we are approaching the month of November. Our days of learning and growing are going so quickly! We are looking forward to welcoming all our parents to Fall Conferences next week and the following week, and also our Fall Festivals on Monday, October 31st. Please see below for some important reminders about these upcoming events.

Our bus evacuation drills went great this week and students did an exemplary job practice using the emergency exits on the bus. As shared in an earlier communication with families, our students did an exemplary job during our district wide evacuation drill as well. Thank you for your support and partnership in ensuring the safety of our students.

As we enter the month of November, the word 'grateful' and 'thanks' comes to mind. We are so grateful to continue to 'nurture the roots' of our learners and help them to blossom. We also give much 'thanks' for the support of our parents. Thank you for all you do to partner with us each day and continue to provide an exemplary education to our learners.

Kind Regards,

Michelle Nizen, Building Principal

Ben Lehman, Assistant Principal

October Spirit Days!

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Counselor's Corner

Hello! I cannot even believe it is November already next week! My class lessons will concentrate on mindset and attitude for November. Please be sure to ask your child what we worked on together during my visits.

I also wanted to take a minute and say THANK YOU to everyone who has offered support to our Project Back Pack. Please know how much I appreciate each and every gesture of kindness!

Be sure to visit my Google Site (often) for updates and fun things we are doing!!

Tami S. Mazzella

School Counselor


5th Grade Band Concert

This week, we had our first 5th Grade Band concert, under the direction of Josh Perez with assistance from Mason Smith (Harmon/AHS/Leighton). This was the first opportunity for all the 5th grade band members to play together as a whole band. It was amazing and we were so proud of our students and all of their hard work.

4th Grade Enrichment Class's International Food Truck Night

Spotlight on PBIS!

We have been off to a great start with teaching, learning, and reinforcing, our 3 pillars of being respectful, responsible, and problem solvers. Our 3 pillars make up the heart of our Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports framework in our K-5 Elementary Buildings. Each week teachers have taught and reinforced these 3 pillars and what each of them looks like and sounds like in all areas of the school. This will be followed by teaching and reinforcing our 11 "focus skills" which support students in making good behavior choices and positively reinforces those choices so we continue to support and promote the prosocial behaviors we want to see! This week's focus skill was " I can share, take turns, and wait". Next week's focus skill is " I can be a good digital citizen"

Students are hard at work earning poms and filling up their classroom jars! When these jars are filled, student bring their classroom jars to the office and empty them into the Building Wide Pom Pom Pail!!

We have almost filled up our second Pom Pom Pail and will be getting ready to celebrate our next building wide reward.

"Platinum platter" award winners abound as our classes are doing a great job demonstrating our 3 pillars during lunch and recess. Classes are always working to earn "positive compliments" during lunch and recess. Every two weeks, classes who earn the most "positive compliments" earn the right to display the "platinum platter" outside their classroom door for all to see and enjoy popsicles at lunch or an extra recess with Mrs. Nizen and Mr. Lehman.

Pom Pom Shout Out occur every Friday where we acknowledge students over announcements who have earned a special shout out for outstanding efforts in demonstrating our 3 pillars in their academic or behavioral pursuits. Students will receive a pom pom shout out reward and those names are entered into a monthly drawing to pick out of our PBIS store at the end of the month.

Leighton Pride is Building Wide!

Fall Festival Parties

We are looking forward to our Fall Festivals which will be held on Monday, October 31st.

Party times are below:

Grade 3: 10:00-11:00 (PTO helpers setting up from 10:00-10:15)

Grade 4 and 5: 2:15-3:15 (PTO helpers setting up from 2:15-2:30)

Guidelines for our Fall Festivals are the following:

Students can wear their costumes to school all day long. Please be sure costumes are functional and school safe. We ask that there are no weapons, blood, guts, or face coverings to accompany the costumes. Students will be sharing their costumes within their homerooms and hallways but there will not be a formal parade.

Each classroom has three volunteers to help support the celebrations' activities. All visitors will be checked in. Thank you to our PTO head parents for organizing all of this.

The PTO will be supplying oreos as a take home snack this year and the nutritional information and ingredients facts can be found below.

Thank you to our PTO parents who work so hard each year to plan lots of fun games and activities. We are so grateful for your time, effort, and hardwork in making each year so much fun!

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Fall Conferences

We are looking forward to the upcoming Parent Teacher Conferences and collaborating with you on your child's educational journey thus far!

Parent Teacher Conferences will be held on the following Dates:

November 2nd- (5:30-8:30pm)

November 10th (5:30-8:30pm)

We are excited to be welcoming parents back into the building for in person conferences. Your child's teacher will be reaching out, or has already reached out, to have you sign up for a day and time that works best for you. While we are looking forward to opening the building back up for in persons conferences to discuss your child's progress, your child's teacher will also work with you to make alternative arrangements via virtual or phone conferencing to accommodate any needs. We are looking forward to seeing each of our families in a few short weeks!

PTO News

Here is your AEPTO update...

1. The last day to sign up for the PTO is 10/31

2. Fall Fest is Monday 10/31. Thank you to all of our parent volunteers!

3. LES conferences are 11/2 and 11/10. AEPTO will be providing the staff dinner from Mazzulo's on 11/10

4. Next PTO meeting is 11/9 at 6:30 p.m. at the C&I building. (119 W. Pioneer Trail)

5. THANK YOU to Lee Angelo's and to everyone who participated in our AEPTO giveback night!

6. January 28th Family Night at the Cleveland Monsters Game. Please see attached flyer for more details!

7. Kalahari Family Getaway February 16th. Please see attached flyer for more details!

8. Disney On Ice January 6th through 15th. Use Code NEOPTA22 for discounted tickets


10/27: LES- Band Concert 7:00PM @ AHS

NHS Trunk or Treat

10/31: Fall Fest Class Parties

11/2: LES- Teacher Conferences 5:30PM-8:30PM

11/7-11/10: MES- Scholastic Book Fair

11/8: CES- Teacher Conferences

11/9: PTO Meeting 6:30PM @ C&I Building

11/9 MES Book Fair Family Night

11/10: CES- Teacher Conferences

LES- Teacher Conferences 5:30PM-8:30PM

11/14 MES-Picture Retakes

11/17: LES- Picture Retakes (Use Code re3599leigh)

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Aurora Schools Foundation

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Hot Lunches/ Lunch Menu

October Lunch Menu

For the month of October, we will only be providing one option for lunch choices. The alternate lunch choice will not be available for this month and we will communicate when the alternative choice returns. Thank you for your patience and understanding.


The "no-cost" lunch program will no longer be provided by the government for the upcoming 2022-23 school year. Students will again be required to pay for their lunches. If a family feels they may qualify-permanently or temporarily-for the 'Free and Reduced Lunch Program', then please have the form filled-out and submitted prior to the school year. The link for this form and the lunch menu for each day can be found on the ACSD's home page under "Forms & Links" (

Please be sure to keep tabs on your child’s lunch account balance to avoid going into a negative balance. We will always ensure all students have access to eat lunch, but it is appreciated by our lunch staff if a positive balance can be maintained.

Two ways to pay for school lunches: Parents can either send their student in with money to pay for lunches (and they can bring in any amount essentially) or pay online! Parents can go to the Aurora Schools Website and go to Lunch Accounts on the left side under the quick links tabs to get to the MY Payments Plus section and add money to their kids account in this manner as well. The cafeteria staff would appreciate any efforts to pay in advance online if possible over bringing in money. If you have any questions please reach out to Brandon Zimmerman at

Here is the link for My Payments Plus:

We are excited to be working with a new food service provider called the Nutrition Group! They are working to provide balanced and healthy meals to our children each day.

Click on the link below for the school lunch menus

Please reach out to Sal Arquilla at for any questions.

Transportation Information

We are no longer mailing out transportation information. You can go to: (cut & paste into your browser or use the button link below.)

The login information is as follows:

User name = jane.smith (That is the student's first name period last name with no spaces) Password = students date of birth 01012021 with no characters or spaces between mmdayyear

Once you are in, go to "Work with students" and then "View my students"; you should see all your students to choose from. Routes do change from time to time when new students are added so please check back over the next week to ensure your pick-up and drop-off times.

All students are assigned a bus route using their home address. If your child will be using an alternative stop such as a daycare or caregiver, please make sure you submit an alternative bus stop form as soon as possible.

We also now have GPS on all of the school buses. You can see when the bus is to arrive at your home. Download the app "versatrans my stop" from the app store and sign in the same as above. If you have any questions or concerns with transportation, please email us at and we will get back to you as soon as possible. Note, we are never sure how many students will be riding the buses. Once schools open we will make necessary adjustments for buses that may be full.

Thank you and have a safe school year, Transportation Department

Important Transportation Reminder

Please be sure to send a note to the office and the classroom teacher when students have a change of transportation on any given day. This will help our office staff know if a student who is typically a bus rider is being picked up on a certain day and vice versa.

Thank you for your attention to this matter.

Arrival and Dismissal Reminders

As a reminder, you can find our arrival and dismissal procedures here.

We are off to a great start to the school year with a smooth, safe, and expedient arrival and dismissal process.

Thank you to all of our parents for your help in making these processes so smooth!

Drop off cart

Many of you have probably noticed the gray cart next to main entrance buzzer and wondered what it is for. To make it easier for families to drop off materials for students there is a gray cart outside the main office doors. Often times students might forget a lunch, instrument, or binder and a parent will drop it off so we can get it to their student. We use this cart system as part of our safety protocols as we work limit the amount of traffic coming in and out of the building each day. If you are dropping something off for a student, we just ask that you use one of the sticky notes and pen to write your students and name, and their teacher's name, and place it on the cart. We will make sure it makes it to your student. You may also buzz in to let the main office know you are dropping off an item.

Important Dates and Reminders


31 Fall Festival


2 Parent/Teacher Conferences (5:30 PM to 8:30 PM)

9 PTO Meeting at C&I Building (6:30 PM)

10 Parent/Teacher Conferences (5:30 PM to 8:30 PM)

17 School Picture Retake Day

23-27 NO SCHOOL ~ Thanksgiving Break

28 School Resumes

28-30 PTO Holiday Shop

Final Forms Reminder

Please be sure to update your Final Forms information for this school year to ensure you can receive the important information and newsletters from our school. If you need any help with updating your Final Forms please contact

Please use the following link:

Clinic Updates

Please remember that when you take your child out of school for a doctor or dentist appointment, the State of Ohio requires that a doctor's note be brought back to the school for attendance purposes. You can give the note to the secretaries in the main office.

If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Tanski in the clinic at 330-954-2285 or email her at

As a reminder, please monitor your child for any COVID-related symptoms and contact our school nurse if you have any questions. We appreciate your attention to this.

  • Check your child each day for COVID-related symptoms. If your child is showing any symptoms whatsoever, it is best to keep him/her home to monitor.
  • Students sent home with a fever, may not return to school until they are fever-free without medication for at least 24 hours. This means if your child was sent home on Tuesday at 12:00 p.m. with a fever, he/she may not return to school until Thursday. If your child does return the next day, our school nurse will be calling for you to come to pick him/her up. Thank you for your support and efforts in this area.
  • We have COVID-19 home testing kits available that we can send home with any child or family should you question symptoms or exposure. We will be able to answer any questions about these kits should the need arise.
  • Please make sure your Final Forms medical information is up to date. We will closely read the health sections to address any medical concerns.

**** If your child will be absent for an extended period, please reach out to your child's teacher and they will get school work ready for your student for the period of the absence. You may pick up the work outside the main office on a table that will be labeled with your student's name.